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Testing Centers Opened in Mochudi and Molepolole

MOCHUDI - Tebelopele Voluntary Counseling and Testing Center has officially opened two new testing sites this year in Mochudi and Molepolole with plans for three more to open soon.

While VCT previously existed in those villages, the dedication ceremonies signified the growth of Tebelopele with new brick buildings constructed by the U.S. government. The Mochudi dedication on April 30 was attended by Katherine Canavan, U.S. Ambassador to Botswana; and Rear Adm. Michael Lyden, U.S. European Command security assistance and logistics director.

Molepolole was dedicated on Feb. 28 with help from Canavan and General William F. Hobbins, the U.S. Air Forces Europe commander. The sites were the eighth and ninth centers out of 12 to be completed in a multi-year, $3 million project, which began in 2001 and is scheduled for completion by the end of this year. The project was made possible with funding from the U.S. European Command's Office of Defense Cooperation Humanitarian Assistance program.

Additional centers will be located at Lobatse, Maun and Francistown. The program was created to provide counseling and testing centers in every major population area in Botswana. Tebelopele is a nongovernmental organization initially created by the U.S. government and funded by the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).